Walking and Cycling
Get out exploring in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate
In Thanet big skies beckon you to pull on your boots, or hop on your bike. Stunning sunsets, a gorgeous shoreline and superb trails equal year-round, al fresco explorations and fun.
The big-name draw is the Viking Coastal Trail. This don't-miss, 32-mile (51.4km) cycling and walking route circles the Isle, past spectacular chalk cliffs and along quiet lanes taking in the Turner Contemporary, Pugin's Grange, Minster Abbey and the coast path from Pegwell Bay to Cold Harbour, along the way.
Throughout the Isle a network of footpaths trace trails alongside sumptuous scenery, intimate landscapes and welcoming pubs. Discover Thanet's history and culture as you stroll. In Ramsgate the self-guided Pugin Town Trail profiles the exquisite buildings designed by the famous architect and his family. Meanwhile, in the town there are three new walking routes - Active Ramsgate. The Margate Heritage Trail reveals that resort’s history, threading past locations and attractions rich in reminders of days gone by.
The 4-mile (6.4km) Turner and Dickens Walk winds from Margate sites linked to the artist JMW Turner, to the places in Broadstairs associated with writer Charles Dickens - providing revealing insights into the lives and loves of the painter and the novelist.
Once in the resort, the Broadstairs Town trail is a self-guided walk that will delight history detectives, while the illustrated boards dotted around provide more clues to the resort’s past.
On a St. Peter’s Village Tour, a colourful cast of costumed characters brings the past vividly to life. You could join one of the entertaining trails delivered by Ramsgate Costumed Walks, while events run by History Walkers Margate lift the lid on the fascinating heritage of the town.
Discover more at the Explore Kent website, and consider booking a Kent Greeter - volunteers who will delight in sharing Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate’s hidden highlights, for free. Look out for Walking for Health Walks